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Fall 2021 Staff Council Updates

Written by Seattle University Staff Council
November 23, 2021

Staff Council Office Hours  

Staff Council will introduce office hours starting in December. During office hours, all staff members are invited to discuss concerns and ideas with Council representatives.  If you have any questions, ideas, or input, please drop in at any time during the hour.  Two or more representatives will be available during each session and will identify topics to discuss with the full Council.  Office hours will be offered monthly at different days and times and will include virtual or in-person options.  The first office hour will be Wednesday, December 1st, 12:30-1:30pm, via Zoom 

Community Connections 

The Staff Council recognizes the importance of connection with each other and being in community, even virtually, especially in these trying times. We highly encourage staff members to engage in the Fall '21 edition of our Community Connections Padlet, an online sharing board centered around the theme of community. We are so excited to see what you all have to share! 

Staff Council Special Election
Staff Council's special election to fill our Structural, Non-Exempt seat to serve through June 2023 is open now through 4:30pm on Friday, December 3rd. Please check your email for your personalized link to the ballot. Please review the voters' pamphlet accessed through the Staff Council webpage. If you have questions or concerns, please email Thank you for voting in this special election!

Vice President of Human Resources Search Survey 
Staff, along with the entire campus community, are being asked to take part in an online survey to help the search committee find the right person to serve as our new Vice President of Human Resources and serve within Seattle University Cabinet. The survey focuses on what you feel is the right skill set and experience needed for this role. This is a great opportunity to use your voice in providing needed guidance as the search committee embarks on their search. The survey opens today, November 23rd, through December 3rd, and it is accessed at

Fall Meeting Highlights 

  • Topics of discussion have included re-opening issues, COVID-19 concerns, flexible work pilot program, and staff development.
  • Staff Council met with President Peñalver and cabinet members to provide input on Reigniting Strategic Directions.  The Council also met with Craig Birklid regarding transportation and campus
  • The Council created new committees to work on appointments to University committees and to work on improving staff-faculty interactions. 
  • Staff Council meetings are announced in Campus Announcements and all staff are welcome to attend.  Meeting information is available on ourwebsite 
  • Staff Council monthly meetings will be held remotely for the remainder of the academic year.


Staff Council nominated staff members for the Board of Trustees committees, the Vice President of Human Resources search committee, and a working group developing a new position description for the staff and faculty ombudsperson. 

Market Reference Range Updates 

The Review, Benefits, and Compensation Committee of the Staff Council would like to spread the word that the Market Reference Ranges (MRR) were updated in 2021. The new chart is now available, 2021 MRR Chart. 

Kudos for Colleagues 

Do you know a SU Staff member who deserves recognition?  Please visit theKudos for Colleaguesweb page to share your appreciation and respect for a fellow staff person.  

Staff Council offers our congratulations to staff who have received kudos, and our thanks to all of the staff who have submitted kudos to support their colleagues. 

Input to Staff Council 

We welcome your input.  If you wish to communicate with Staff Council, you may email the entire Staff Council at Alternately, you may submit anonymous feedback. Keep in mind that by submitting your feedback anonymously, Staff Council will not be able to reach out to you directly if we find a resolution. You may also email individual members using the members list on our website. 

Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving break!



Seattle University Staff Council 


Kit Morse, President | Conference and Event Services 

Kari Langsea, Vice President | Campus Ministry 

Chelsea Lien, Secretary | Information Technology Services 

Corey Belser | Athletics 

Matt Burton | Facilities   

Carly Darcher | Premajor Studies 

Chuy Garcia | Student Health Center   

Laura Hauck-Vixie | College of Arts and Sciences   

Jenna Isakson | Office of Sponsored Projects   

Angie Jenkins | Learning Assistance Programs  

Christina Juarez | College of Arts and Sciences  

Stephanie Lewis | University Core     

Eunice MacGill | Student Development  

Dawn Madore | Facilities Services   

Dario Ogaz | Education Abroad   

Andrea Ross | Conference and Event Services 

Julie Schwabe | College of Science and Engineering